Vienna 1683

Vienna 1683

Christian Europe repels the Ottomans

Campaign 191
  • Author: Simon Millar
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: CAM 191
  • Publication Date: 6 Feb 2008
  • ISBN: 9781846032318
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 96
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About this Product

The capture of the Hapsburg city of Vienna was a major strategic aspiration for the Islamic Ottoman Empire, desperate for the control that the city exercized over the Danube and the overland trade routes between southern and northern Europe. In July 1683 Sultan Mehmet IV proclaimed a jihad and the Turkish grand vizier, Kara Mustafa Pasha, laid siege to the city with an army of 150,000 men. In September a relieving force arrived under Polish command and joined up with the defenders to drive the Turks away. The main focus of this book is the final 15-hour battle for Vienna, which peaked with a massive charge by three divisions of Polish winged hussars. This hard-won victory marked the beginning of the decline of the Islamic Ottoman Empire, which was never to threaten central Europe again.

Biographical Note

Simon Millar was born in Malaysia in 1957. He joined the British Army in 1977, and having retired in 1994 subsequently rejoined his regiment, the Irish Guards, in 2001. He has previously written Kolin 1757: Frederick the Great's First Defeat, and Assaye 1803: Wellington's first and 'bloodiest' victory for the Osprey Campaign series. Simon lives in Wiltshire, UK. Peter Dennis was born in 1950. Inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn he studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He is based in Nottinghamshire, UK

Contents

Introduction
Origins of the campaign
Chronology
Opposing commanders
Opposing armies
Opposing plans
The campaign
The battlefield today
Glossary and abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

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